See, And Be Seen


When was the last time you shared with your full, open heart? And what was that experience like? Are you glad you took a chance and allowed yourself to be seen and known?

Opening your heart to others and sharing your deep hidden truths can be very vulnerable and scary. It's as if someone is shining a flashlight on you and you're being exposed. There can be fear in both the realization of those hidden truths and in sharing with others. 

This past week was difficult in many ways as more truths from my past were revealed to me. The revelations came through meditation and in opening my heart to others and allowing myself to be seen. When you choose to open your heart, the universe responds. And it will likely not be comfortable at first, and hurt may arise.  

Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experi.png

My encouragement here is to keep pressing and look deep inside and allow yourself time to process. Sometimes this can happen rather quickly and you can move through it; other times you may be grasping it for a while. I've personally been in this space for off and on for a while now, and last week felt like the pitfall. I wanted to retreat and bury it deep within my heart and erase it from my mind. But thankfully, I didn't allow myself to do that. Burying it would be playing it safe, and I am up to a much bigger game in life. I am committed to transformation for myself and others. 


Allow yourself to let go and be fully seen.

Photo by Ashlie Woods Photography                                  Antigua, Guatemala, 2017

I had some difficult conversations, which in the end opened my heart more and allowed me to have a little more freedom. When you share with others, even when the truths or conversations are difficult to express, you are freeing yourself little by little from all you've been burying or holding within. This is when true healing begins. 

I am grateful for deep rooted discoveries and difficult truths; for having the ability to communicate them to myself and others; and for the capacity to set them free. Vulnerability is a beautiful gift that shifts fear and pain to strength and healing. 

Do you have something you're holding onto? How would you feel if you were able to allow someone in and release yourself from burying it deep within in?